touring this ship is a great experience. I have a picture I took of the main guns pointing right at me as my computer background. lots of climbing, though.
We had a great tour of the battleship, which only opened last year. We were lucky and went when it was quiet, right at closing time, and got a private guided tour with Doug, who was doing a final 'sweep' of the place. Even on its own, the ship is grand and exudes history and has an imperiousness and grandeur... More
I'm certainly not a military buff, but the USS Iowa is extremely impressive -- as are the men who showed such knowledge and passion when they explained the features and history. Lives have been lost on this ship, and I was humbled at the sacrifices that were made. It is certainly more than a museum, and the docents showed great... More
If you love Naval history this is a great place to spend the day. The staff here really love what there doing and it shows. I loved the tour and loved all the history of the USS Iowa. There were so many changes from it's launch in 1943 and 1991 when she was retired that I wonder why she ever... More
It was wonderful visiting the U.S.S. Iowa! We took advantage of having a docent guide to show us around. Most, including ours, are former Navy and really know their stuff. They is much to see and they are still restoring additional areas, once funding and time can be found. Be aware of ladder steps and high thresholds while going through.... More
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The ship is in good shape, the volunteers are nice, the information is good. I didn't enjoy 100% because there is no access to the most interesting areas, like the turrets or the boilers.
Thanks for your review, we love our ship! We are working very hard to open up more and more of the USS Iowa. Fixing up a battleship is no small fete! Make sure to check our website and Facebook page for more info about new compartments opening up. More
Wonderful to see this great ship. Be prepared for lots of stairs, some very steep like ladders. I look forward to additional areas of the ship being open in the future.
Truly amazing ship, what awesome firepower and the history this ship holds. The personnel on board (volunteers) answer all your questions and are friendly retired (mostly) Navy men that you could spend hours just learning about the USS Iowa. Saved from an ignoble fate in June 2011, she was towed from San Francisco to San Pedro to see new life... More
Wow, thanks for the great review! We work very hard on restoring and maintaining the IOWA, and very much appreciate when people acknowledge our dedication. Thank you for your support! More
The USS Iowa is a magnificent ship. If you are a fan of Military history, this is the trip for you. I would strongly recommend using this as a field trip to teach WWII history. I took my high school basketball team on the tour and they left with a deeper appreciation of what sacrifices our armed forces make to... More
If you're a fan of maritime history, military history, WWII history in particular, the wonderful town of San Pedro, or just being on the waterfront....or, like me, all of the above, you'll love the battleship U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61). As an American military veteran (U.S. Air Force, but two of my cousins were Navy, including one during WWII, and my Dad... More
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